Your Dogs Health & Nutrition

Dogs Nutrition – General Feeding Guidelines for Dogs

Your Dogs Health & NutritionPet owners, especially new owners are always asking what does my dog need as far as nutrition goes. Type of dog foods for both a young new puppy and those aging to maturity. The answer is quite a simple one.

In order for your pup or a dog say 1, 2, 3 or more years old, need to have a complete, balanced diet, they need to eat and drink foods that contain the six nutrient classes that are fundamental to maintain their health.

First, there are six basic nutrients a dog needs: water, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins. These essential nutrients are required as part any dog’s regular diet. If your dog is to become strong and healthy they are all needed for the basic functions of the body. The minimum dietary requirement has been established for many nutrients.

 

Understanding the Nutritional Requirements:

Understand the elements of your dog’s foods is a must for the dog lovers or dog owners. Whenever you feed your dog with different kinds of foods, you should always study the label and fully grasp the content about the dogs feed types that are being used in such commercial preparations. You should fully understand all the ingredients while buying food for your dog and also know what to look for, its nutritional value.

Much top quality types of canine food preparations contain essential fatty chemicals (acid), carbohydrate food with adequate fiber content, natural vitamins like A, D, E and B complex natural vitamins. Furthermore, the nutritional value of zinc oxide is an important component for skin health status and calcium mineral, which is an important component for bone growth, tonicity of muscles. They should be rich in these food items. However, the price of those food preparations is comparatively more costly than the food preparations with common elements. Though it may be better for your dog’s overall health.

What should I look for in a dog food?

What I was taught by my parents and what I have learned and read over the years about feeding my dogs and making sure that they receive all their nutritional needs to be healthy, have plenty of energy and good coats is this: Feed your dog the highest-quality food you can afford. The differences between the premium food and budget food aren’t found on the nutrition label; they’re found in the quality and source of ingredients. Two dog foods may each contain 27% protein but be vastly different when it comes to digestibility.

Pet food ingredients are listed by order of weight. Each ingredient is weighed when it is added to the batch of food, and ingredients such as fresh meat contain a lot of water, much of which is lost during processing. This means that a dry diet that lists corn as the first ingredient may be nutritionally superior to one listing meat first.

Let’s sum all this up in a simple way

WATER

All dogs should always have access to clean, fresh H2O. Just keep their bowl filled at all times. I use tap water with that has a filter. Outside, well the hose will work.

2. Protein

Protein is a macronutrient, meaning that it supplies energy. Protein is made up of amino acids, the building blocks of life. Check the ingredients on the dog food you purchase. Twice a week I add an egg to my dog’s supper meal. Best protein there is.

3. Fat

A macronutrient made up of fatty acids. And it’s very important: Fat supplies the most concentrated source of energy, with more than twice as many calories as protein and carbohydrates. Plus, it provides essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that enables the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, protects the internal organs, regulates body temperature, and promotes a healthy nervous system.

4. Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are the main source of glucose, the “fuel” the body runs on. Although carbohydrates are not an essential nutrient for dogs, healthy carbohydrates supply important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and plant-based nutrients that help promote optimum health.

5. Minerals

minerals perform a variety of functions in the body that are essential for supporting life, including: constituting a major part of bones (calcium, phosphorus); carrying oxygen throughout the body (iron); assisting in wound healing (zinc); providing antioxidant support (selenium); aiding in nerve transmission (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium); and regulating fluid balance (sodium, chloride, potassium). Growing puppies require more than double the calcium of adult dogs at maintenance.

6. Vitamins

Vitamins are organic compounds that are required in small quantities for proper metabolic function. Vitamins can be soluble in fat (A, D, E, and K) or in water (B and C). Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in fatty tissues and the liver; water-soluble vitamins are not stored. Because the body can’t synthesize vitamins in sufficient quantities, they must come from the diet.

Vitamins and Supplements

Vitamin and mineral items are the most important components in any dog’s feeding. If there is a stability in the vitamin and mineral items, then the creature will have a healthy life and hence, the level of resistance is not affected in an undesirable way. This essentially implies that the dog will be more illness resistance against various illnesses or diseases so-to-speak.

Pet owners should know that natural vitamins A, D, E, and K are the fat-soluble natural vitamins and others are water-soluble natural vitamins. Vitamins like thiamine, pyridoxine, and cyanocobalamin are important for the functions of the neurological system. Lack of supplement results in night blindness and skin lesions wounds and absence of supplement D results in the softening and weakening of the bone structure.

These issues are many a time encountered by the dog owners. Among these, supplement A toxicities may happen if you feed them in excessive amounts, like supplement D. Hence, give emphasis on this while you are using these natural vitamins in the dogs. Cod liver oil from selected fish has more vitamin “A” in them and are globally good nourish for dogs.

All dogs may not need items of nutritional value or natural vitamins to live well for the moment, but it is important for their future. If they become ill or older or very young without appropriate feeding, supplementations are needed for the maintenance of health status in them. Always consult a veterinarian for advice if you have any questions or concerns.

The required nutritional needs of all dog of different ages:

Yes. This is definitely a true statement. For example, the puppy dog needs milk items as the major meal while an adult dog may need various meats or poultry in addition to the boiled egg and milk. So based on the age aspect, the diet plan routine differs in reality for the dogs like any other species.

Puppies need bigger amounts of necessary protein, fat, and carbohydrates than mature dogs. Furthermore, puppies dogs need more frequent feeding plan/schedules in a day, compared with a mature dog. The activity-based requirements of diet plan are more in the case of puppy dogs since they are often more active than the mature dogs.

Elder dogs need limited necessary protein but the necessary protein needs to be easily digestible and assimilated in the body. The diet plan/schedule should have an adequate supply of normal water for them. Feeding older dogs too much necessary protein may finally cause overpressure to the renal structures and ultimately, the dog may end up destructive filtration in the kidney.

This is true, especially when the defense mechanisms (immune) of these dogs is compromised due to many aspects. In the same way, the elderly dogs need less food only because the motions of the mature dogs are highly restricted and hence, they have to spend a limited of energy.

Female dogs in the maternity level need not be fed a full stomach since it may cause some difficulties to the creature. However, the expecting creature and the nursing creature need a special type of foods that deliver a healthy type of nourishment with appropriate supplements of natural vitamins and minerals.

Which is better for my dog dry or canned dog food:

I am asked this question all the time. In relation to nutrition and digestibility, there really is no differences between dry and canned dog food. Make your decision based on your lifestyle, preferences, and budget. For dogs that need to consume more water or have certain special dietary needs, canned foods may be a better choice. Otherwise, most dogs will do fine on dry dog food. I always like to mix a half a can in my dogs’ food each week as a treat. Same goes for adding an egg once a week.(mix the egg in a bowl then just pour on food) Sometimes I will mix in their dry food a teaspoon of bacon fat. It helps their coat shine)

How much water does a dog need each day

It all depends on her activity level, size, age and the weather, but in general, an average dog needs to drink between 8.5 to 17 ounces of water per 10 pounds per day.

How many times do you feed a dog?

Most experts recommend feeding your dog twice a day — once in the morning and once in the evening — though puppies under five months of age should be fed three to four times a day.

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